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Central Coast Holidays

This stretch of coast between New South Wales’ two largest cities is a perfect getaway, with beautiful beaches, native rainforests, coastal villages and wildlife.

Known as “the playground of two cities”, New South Wales’ Central Coast is a scenic stretch of coastline between Sydney and Newcastle. Featuring a diverse landscape of gorgeous beaches, scenic inlets, rivers, lakes and picturesque hinterland, the Central Coast has plenty of exciting destinations for relaxation and adventure. Visit charming towns and see historic lighthouses. Hike through fragrant eucalypt forests and spot whales off the shore.

Explore Gosford, the coast’s largest township. Embark on a road trip north towards the Wyong region to tour the laid-back coastal towns. Terrigal Beach and Avoca Beach are popular swimming spots. Wax up your surfboard and hit the surf breaks at North Avoca and Soldiers Beach. Enjoy a cooling dip in the rock pools at Pearl Beach.

Experience breathtaking coastal views with a walk along the 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) trail that stretches from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. More trails can be found in the Central Coast’s numerous national parks. See the cascading Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford. Bouddi National Park is home to pristine beaches, jagged cliffs and several Aboriginal cultural sites. Hike through beautiful red gumtrees to Crackneck Point Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park and spot whales breaching out at sea.

Learn about the Central Coast’s diverse wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park or the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, both of which are ideal for kids. Other family-friendly attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Park, where you can ride a zip line through the trees in the lush Ourimbah State Forest.

Other leisure activities include mini golf and indoor swimming at the Mingara Recreation Club. Catch a performance at the annual Central Coast Country Music Festival or an opera production in the Arboretum.

Main towns along the Central Coast are accessible by regular trains from Sydney. Just 1 hour’s drive north from Sydney, the Central Coast is a great weekend getaway. Visit in summer for sun-drenched beach days or in winter for whale-watching season.


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Crowne Plaza Terrigal Rs7,168
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019
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Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Lovely spot and felt very homely. Would recommend this place to all my friends as my daughter recommended it to me.

    Oaks Waterfront Resort Rs5,592
    Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019
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    Oaks Waterfront Resort

    Oaks Waterfront Resort

    89 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Comfortable room, clean and tidy, good for overnight stays.

      Mantra Ettalong Beach Rs6,362
      Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019
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      Mantra Ettalong Beach

      Mantra Ettalong Beach

      53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The Mantra resort is very big compared to the size of Ettalong. It's well positioned and convenient for exploring the rest of the central coast.

        Beachcomber Hotel Rs4,023
        Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019
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        Beachcomber Hotel

        Beachcomber Hotel

        200 Main Road, Toukley, NSW
           
          3.2 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The food amazing sea view from and the costume service was very good

          Nesuto The Entrance Apartments Rs5,040
          Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019
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          Nesuto The Entrance Apartments

          Nesuto The Entrance Apartments

          18 Coral Street, The Entrance, NSW
             
            3.8 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great position nice and clean...close to everything and very helpful at the front desk

            Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments Rs6,227
            Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019
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            Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments

            Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments

            53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very nice and quiet , when we stayed . Food great .

              Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast Rs5,555
              Reviewed on 23 Jul 2019
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              Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

              Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

              40 Kooindah Boulevard, Wyong, NSW
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Loved the heated pool and the quietness of the rooms

                Central Jetty Motel Rs4,828
                Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019
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                Central Jetty Motel

                Central Jetty Motel

                509 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty, NSW
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Absolutely loved it, excellent service, the hotel manager did everything more than we requested, breakfast was simple and amazing, the place is a little old but definitely great value for money. Will definitely come back.

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